Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Science question of the day

Ok suppose two identical twins have sex with a woman only hours apart, and she becomes pregnant, is there a way to trace the father? Obviously the standard DNA tests will not work, but are there any epigenetic alternatives? One of the problems is that methylation of the genome is reset at an early embryonic stage. While there may be imprinting, is it possible to match it to the father's "consensus" sperm imprinting, or is it sperm cell specific? Any ideas?


4 comments:

Ben said...

Clearly, the better question is this:

Suppose you're having a three-way with two really hot identical chicks, and one gets pregnant and has a baby, and then both get in a car accident and are subsequently amnesic. The question is: The next time you're in that situation, and you forget a condom, do you go ahead with the three-way?

Anonymous Coward said...

Perhaps you should park the car first. Bayman would probably be best at answering this since he's the one planning to be a sperm carrier for his lesbian girlfriend's female-partner-father.

Bayman said...

I'm so confused...

Bayman said...

Oh now I get it. Ben...I don't think you should be doing acid and Phoneutria venom at the same time....